Exit Festival 05 begins tomorrow

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

The biggest music festival in South Eastern Europe, Exit Festival, will start tomorrow. The festival is organized on Petrovaradin fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro, and will last from July 7 to July 10. This will be the fifth annual Exit festival.

The festival includes 21 stages, featuring a diverse range of music, from classical to techno. The program is scheduled to last from 6 pm to 8 am every night, with both domestic and foreign musicians.

It is expected that tens of thousands of people, mostly from ex Yugoslavian republics, will attend. This year's performers include Apocalyptica, Fatboy Slim, White Stripes, Underworld, Garbage, Slayer, Laibach, Ian Brown, Carl Cox, Freq Nasty, Marky & Patife, Sasha, Felix da Housecat, Dave Clarke, Napalm Death, Sandy Rivera, Darren Emerson, Mutiny, Danny Howells, Christian Varela, Michel De Hey, Valentino Kanzyani, 2 Many DJs, Marko Nastic, etc.

Political implications

The organizers decided to commemorate the Srebrenica Massacre with one minute of silence on midnight between July 10 and July 11. The festival is in part sponsored by the city of Novi Sad, which is currently ruled by the Serbian Radical Party which is opposed to publicly recognizing war crimes committed by the Serbs in Bosnia in a way that Exit orginizers intend. The president of the Serbian Radical Party, Tomislav Nikolić said: "If that festival, which is intended for young people having fun, turn into any kind of political provocation, there will be no Exit next year."